An all-star lineup of shapers, craftsman, designers & manufacturers of the surfing industry will take over San Diego for the third annual Del Mar Sacred Craft Surf Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th.
The stellar list includes, but is not limited to, Bing Copeland, Peter St. Pierre, Mark Richards, John Cherry, Rusty Preisendorfer, Brian Hilbers, Matt Calvani, Reno Abellira, Pat Rawson, Joe Baguess, Firewire, John Kies, Gary Linden, Daniel Thompson, SurfTech, Robert August, Gary Hanel, Axxe Wetsuits, Tim Bessell, Stu Kenson, Quiksilver, Dennis Murphy, Bruce Jones, and Ricky Carroll. Of course this years’ Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoree, Dick Brewer (who will be celebrating his 73rd birthday) will also be in attendance.
The complete list of over 100 shapers and exhibitors is listed on the website at http://www.sacredcraftexpo.com/exhibitors.html.
Sacred Craft Surf Expo 2009 has something for everyone from board demo’s to seminars to artwork to music. One of this years’ main attraction is the Vintage Surfboard Antique Road Show event, taking place on Saturday October 10th from 10am – 1pm.
“We are urging surfers to dig through their garages, their storage space, and their backyards for collectable surfboards and magazines that they think may hold some real value,” explained expo director Scott Bass. “Anything special and unique from say, 1985 or so and earlier, especially if it is in good shape, probably has value above and beyond normal used-board pricing. Our expert appraisers can determine a estimated value.”
Special events are being planned around and during the Sacred Craft Expo weekend. First off, make sure to get down to 15th St. for the TransWorld SURF Sacred Craft Magical Morning Board Demo, just down the street from the expo. The general surfing public is invited to 15th St. reef in Del Mar on Saturday October 10th from 7am – 10am. Come on down and try out boards and wetsuits from Sacred Craft exhibitors.
The Sacred Craft Surf Expo opens its doors immediately following the TransWorld SURF Sacred Craft Magical Morning Board Demo.
You will want to be at the expo early! The first 100 attendees in the door will be put in a special “early bird” drawing for a brand new Firewire fish surfboard. Great odds! And no wonder, just a few doors down from the DM racetrack!
Musicians will play on the outdoors stage all weekend long. Various groups are scheduled including Australian longboard champion Beau Young, Miles Kinney & Tower 7, a YardBirds cover band; the acoustic stylings of Kevin White; and Future Fins brand ambassador Phil ‘Boo’ Stubbs.
On Saturday Oct 10, make sure to stay around and check out a special SACRED CRAFT premier screening of the new Australian documentary film “SEARCHING FOR MICHAEL PETERSON”.
A special invite-only VIP birthday reception for Tribute to the Masters Shape-off honoree Dick Brewer is being planned for October 3rd at Wade Koniakowsky’s Ocean Art Gallery. More information to be revealed as it becomes available.
In addition to all of this, Sacred Craft seminars run all weekend long at the Sacred Craft Surf Expo. On the docket are Drew Brophy’s inspirational slide show and spray paint demonstration; an epoxy laminating demonstration by Dave Daum; UCSD’s Stephanie Moyerman discusses feminine physique and surfboard design for women; Lee Vanderhurst professes on surfboard design 101 during “The Idiot’s Guide to Surfboard Design”. A Multi-media and hands-on guide to the basics in surfboard design from outline to rocker, how to measure it and what it does. Know how your surfboard should work before you catch your first wave; UCSD’s Benjamin Thomson talks about natural frequency (recoil rate) of a surfboard and why it is important to you!; Whitney Guild will present Turn Up The Volume! and discuss the importance of knowing the volume of each of the surfboards in your quiver. VOLUME is rarely discussed, but is an important single number that can be used to describe each of your boards; and the Groundswell Society discusses apex predators and their role in surfboard design. A complete schedule will be available shortly.
Media outlets scheduled to attend include The Surfers Journal, TransWorld SURF, TransWorld BUSINESS, SLIDE Magazine, FUEL TV, & MyLocalLineupTV Channel 16.
WHAT: Sacred Craft Surf Expo
WHO: Surfers, Shapers, Designers, Craftsman, Manufacturers, General Public
WHEN: October 10th & 11th Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Hall
WHY: Because people who love surfboards drive our culture, sport and lifestyle
TIME: Saturday10am-6pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm
HOW: $5 – Kids under 18 free – everyone entered into free surfboard drawing
SPONSORS: SURFER Magazine, Hansens Surfboards, US Blanks, Bubble Gum Surf Wax